Recognizing behavior that may lead to workplace violence

Reported cases of workplace violence continue to rise. Fed-OSHA now averages over 2 million reported cases of violence each year. It’s estimated that businesses in the United States have an economic cost of over $170 billion as a result of workplace violence. The statistics are staggering, and the problem continues to get worse. Businesses, managers […]

Worker collapses, 2 others sickened by chemical vapor at Pennsylvania plant

One worker collapsed and two others were sickened by a chemical vapor Friday night at a food and perfume processing plant in Northampton County, Pennsylvania, officials said. A hazardous materials emergency was declared and 20 workers were evacuated from part of the plant. Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.)

Boston Fire Department sues truck maker after NIOSH report

Boston fire officials, hit with a scathing federal report criticizing the department in the deaths of two firefighters in 2014, said they are preparing to sue the manufacturer of a diesel engine now in more than a dozen problem-plagued city fire trucks in order to thwart future disasters. Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn blamed budget […]

Fed-OSHA investigating blast at Cleveland-area construction site

Fed-OSHA investigators spent Friday combing through the explosion site at Crocker Park in Westlake, Ohio and interviewing workers and witnesses. Fed-OSHA reportedly is looking at all aspects of the construction site under its liquefied petroleum guidelines. A fire investigator says the fire and explosion may have been caused by an initial gas leak that created […]

Better Government Association: City Hall didn’t know of safety citations on Chicago city jobs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration gave 10 contracts worth as much as $43 million to a Chicago sewer and excavation company after federal inspectors cited the business twice for serious workplace-safety violations on city jobs. City officials say they hadn’t been aware of the safety citations and resulting fines, totaling $150,000, on the two sewer […]

Police ID flagger killed in Middlebury, Vermont

A traffic flagger working on the shoulder of Route 7 in Middlebury, Vermont was struck and killed Friday by one of the utility vehicles at the job site, according to police. Police say the 75-year-old Wallingford man was pronounced dead at the scene. Rutland Herald

Fed-OSHA takes over investigation of Ohio River Bridges Project crane collapse

Fed-OSHA is now leading the investigation into the collapse of a crane during construction of a new Ohio River bridge last month. Fed-OSHA’s Nashville office, which oversees workplace safety on navigable waters in Tennessee and Kentucky, took over the inquiry on February 23, four days after a crane working on the eastern bridge toppled into […]